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Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden

2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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We only visited the Founders Cafe - but that was great!

The couple running the Founders Café at Pukeiti made sure that we will return - hopefully in season... read more

Reviewed yesterday
allan m
Point Roberts, Washington
Little Gem in the Naki

Just a short and scenic drive from New Plymouth CBD lies this secret little garden. Having moved... read more

Reviewed yesterday
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Explore a wonderland of rhododendrons planted within 360 hectares of rainforest, located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden with one of the most diverse collections of rhododendrons on display anywhere in the world. Take a short garden walk or a more challenging adventure and with either, sense another world and time. Feel the spiritual significance of Pukeiti to local tangata whenua and learn some of the language, knowledge and stories which are part of the land. Find out about pioneering Europeans, passionate plant-collectors and garden-makers. Discover the property whilst doing a fun activity or make use of the facilities for a private or community event. Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Share Pukeiti – a truly unique part of Taranaki’s heritage.
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“native bush” (17 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2290 Carrington Road, New Plymouth 4374, New Zealand
+64 800 736 222
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Reviewed yesterday

The couple running the Founders Café at Pukeiti made sure that we will return - hopefully in season when we can visit and experience the rhodies. We had such fun talking to the hosts (Graham and Karen, I think) and they are well suited -...More

Thank allan m
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just a short and scenic drive from New Plymouth CBD lies this secret little garden. Having moved from Auckland to New Plymouth 3 years ago I only discovered the garden through a post on Facebook. We headed on a weekend and it was fairly packed...More

Thank kaepieter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought my nieces and sister from overseas to visit this summer. Cafe food is cheap and delicious! Nice walking routes and helpful signage so you don’t get lost. Beautiful place.

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VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed Pukeiti. Thanks very much for your feedback.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a peaceful walk in the Bush. We took the stroller so did the 1 hour walk and it took around 20 mins (quick with no tree looking). Looks awesome after modernized walkways near the cafe etc

Thank 23tiffanyk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pukeiti is 20km from New Plymouth via Carrington Road. The old building(s) have been replaced by the Rainforest Centre, with covered walkways and elevated decking giving views over the main lawn and garden. Even out of season (for rhododendron flowering) the walks are most enjoyable....More

Thank Rupert W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pukeiti is a world renowned rhododrendron park with plants collected from various parts of the world to this unique location. It is set in native forest between the Kaitaki and Pouakai Ranges with lovely views out over the Taranaki farming landscape to the sea. The...More

Thank ToolesNZ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is part of the Pukeiti Park in New Plymouth which is the park we go back year after year to visit.

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We did the short red walk, 3/4 hour, good paths and was easy for hubby with walking stick. Didn’t require stout shoes for this one. A few rhododendrons were in bloom but we could imagine how colourful it would be in the Spring. Kids would...More

Thank Pauline K
VisitorServices3, Visitor Services at Pukeiti Rhododendron Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed the garden. Yes, it's well worth returning in the spring to see the rhododendrons flowering if you can.

Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Interesting gardens, clean and modern facilities ie restaurant. Staff very friendly and professional. Food good value. Pleasant.

Thank Joel W
Reviewed 6 January 2018

A lovely large garden with generous free entry from the local Council. The access road is winding and narrow so beware. The food at the cafe is fantastic. Save room for some of their cakes/biscuits!

Thank Peter B
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20 April 2017|
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Response from Lanny M | Reviewed this property |
There are walks available for all fitness levels I think, we've visited with my elderly in laws many times & the managed very well without missing out on the great views. The kids enjoyed running around discovering new paths... More
Claire V
19 August 2015|
Response from Richard F | Reviewed this property |
October probably the best month to visit.